Did Johnny Appleseed leave a secret journal?sam
Although he spawned many myths and legends, Johnny Appleseed was a real person. John Chapman was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He was also a missionary for the Swedenborgian church.
The Appleseed Journal is a new book by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff. Here is what he has to say about it…
A Spiritual Message for Modern Times
Johnny Appleseed is an authentic American hero celebrated in film, literature and art. While famous for growing the apple industry, relatively little is known about his accomplishments in the world of spirit.
Based on actual events, this Journal chronicles Johnny’s travels during a period of time in 1843 when he mysteriously went missing. While on his way to a convention at the Church of New Jerusalem in Philadelphia, something transpired and he never arrived. Historically there is no information about why he did not attend.
As a minister Johnny had a spiritual calling and provided apple seedling, a life staple along the frontier, as part of his work. It is rumored that Hudson Valley, New York is the place where Johnny planted a message so that it could be harvested by spiritual travelers in our time. This is his story.
About the Author
Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, spiritual traveler, is an advocate of Sufi mysticism and the perennial philosophy. Professionally specializing in the healing applications of therapeutic recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health treatment; he holds a doctorate in education and served on the faculties of multiple colleges and universities.
Bitkoff’s book, Sufism for the Western Seekers, 2011, was nominated by Foreword Magazine for Adult Non Fiction Religious Book of Year Book of the Year Award, placing 4th (honorable mention). Additional titles include: A Commuter’s Guide to Enlightenment, Llewellyn, 2008; Journey of Light: Trilogy, Authorhouse, 2004; The Ferryman’s Dream, Abandoned Ladder, 2012; Beyond The River’s Gate, Abandoned Ladder, 2014.
He is also a frequent contributor to online publications including Philadelphia Spirituality Examiner, Wisdom Magazine, New Age Journal, Ezinearticles.com, Witchvox.com, Mystic Living Today, New Age Spirituality, Waking Times and other spiritual blogs.